01 Sep 2015

Bolton Food Festival 2015

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What a fantastic fun and food packed August Bank Holiday weekend everyone had at the 10th Bolton Food & Drink Festival.

The Cookery Theatre Company were honoured to be part of the event, supplying our brand new Cookery Theatre Kitchen. What a coincident, as it was 3 years to the date that Bolton Council were the first organisation to use our very first Theatre Kitchen.

We are a dynamic company, always looking to improve in what we do. Hence the rebuild of our Cookery Theatre Kitchen in only three years.

Our Cookery Theatre Kitchen was installed at the recently revamped and re-energised Bolton Market. Over 4 full days the Regions top chefs completed a Bolton-Market-Blognumber of cookery demonstrations, entertaining and educating a packed Bolton Market.

And what a line up it was:

Sean Wilson, cheese maker, chef and actor. Sean’s love of all things food related inspired him to learn by working in a number of Michelin starred restaurants. His book, ‘The Great Northern Cookbook’ was published in 2012, the accompanying TV series was shown on Channel 5.

We loved how Sean interacted with the audience and had them in stitches.

He knows his stuff when it comes to cheese too, and everyone loved hearing about the history of Lancashire cheese.

Luis Troyano, Luis shot to fame on the popular TV programme The Great British Bake Off, and aside from keeping his own bees in 8 hives… Luis runs his own baking courses and is launching his own book at then end of August!

Andrew Nutter is a familiar face at the festival and once again did not fail to impress! He opened his own restaurant Nutters at the age of 21, Nutters Restaurant is a modern, award winning British restaurant using only the very best local and regional produce.

Jon Jones has previously held prestigious positions at a number Manchester hotels and restaurants. He has now opened his own pub The Farmers Arms, in Bolton, serving a mixture of classic pub foods and modern interpretations of classic dishes. Jon created a dessert with a twist with his fantastic Eton mess minestrone.

May Wakefield, chef, author and founder of the Chilli Banana Thai Restaurant. May is among the North Wests most successful chefs. May along with her husband set up the Chilli Banana restaurant in Wilmslow and now has 3 other restaurants in the UK. The authentic taste of May’s Thai-style home cooking delighted the people at Bolton Market, the delicate flavours of traditional dishes are inspired by the evening banquets that her family enjoyed as she grew up in Thailand.

Last but not least, Anthony Price and Kate Robinson, Anthony is a chef lecturer at Blackburn College and Lancaster University was joined by Kate who is the current 2015 Northcote Scholarship Student and 2015 National Culinary Federation Competition runner up.

Well what a weekend we had and as always it was a pleasure to be part of the 10h Bolton Food Festival. The festival broke the 200,000 barrier for the first time which is a new record!

We wish everyone at Bolton Market lots of success for the coming year. We hope to see you all again soon at the 11th Bolton Food Festival :-).

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